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February Wellness Resources: Women's Heart Health, Teen Dating Violence & more

Here are some February health and wellness resources for you and your employees.

Go Red for Women / Heart Month
This is the 10th Year of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® movement — 10 years of fighting to save women's lives from heart disease. While the progress has been significant, there's a long way to go. Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year; Heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute; Heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined.

Here are some helpful resources:
Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest

Heart Attack Risk Assessment

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. iPhone app

Heart & Stroke Encyclopedia

Interactive cardiovascular library.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Any teen or young adult can experience violence, abuse or unhealthy behaviors in their dating relationships. A relationship may be serious or casual, monogamous or not, short-term or long-term. Dating abuse does not discriminate -- it does not see gender, sexual identity, economic status, ethnicity or religious preference. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year; One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence; One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Here are some helpful resources:
Break the Cycle

Love Is Not Abuse

National Donor Day
Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs. As of today, 116,998 people are waiting for an organ - that's enough to fill a large football stadium. By becoming a donor, you may save up to 8 lives. February 14 is National Donor Day

Here are some helpful resources:
Why become a Donor

Sign Up to Be a Donor

Workplace Partnership Materials

AMD / Low Vision Awareness Month
To make people aware of AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, the Foundation of the American Society of Retina Specialists is providing free posters to community centers nationwide. This 2-poster set demonstrates how age-related macular degeneration distorts vision and encourages people who experience this distortion to schedule an eye examination or, if they have already been diagnosed, to learn about treatment options.

Here are some helpful resources:
Download posters or request posters here

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